During a busy morning of work sessions the Board of County Commissioners heard from a variety of county departments regarding many issues facing Rio Blanco. Leif Joy and Rodney Gerloff from ERBM Parks and Recreation District approached the Commissioners about working together to use the county drone and Joy’s expertise in putting together an aerial inventory of trees in the parks that are maintained by ERBM.
Linda Masters, Rio Blanco County CSU Extension, spoke about the new programs she is adding to the current line up including but not limited to: Annie’s Project, Pesticide Applicator Training, and Master Gardener Training (to learn more visit https://rbc.us/205/CSU-Extension or call 970-878-9490). Masters also addressed drought conditions facing Rio Blanco County and all of the Western Slope in the near future and expressed her concern on the issue. As well, Masters is planning to form an Extension Advisory Board and is looking for a diverse group of individuals. Notice will be published in the Herald Times in the upcoming weeks.
As well, the Commissioners directed staff to move forward with projects including: Living in Rio Blanco publication in collaboration with the towns of Meeker and Rangely, data recovery for lost files following a server crash in January, and Meeker Airport drainage project.
The Commissioners concluded the morning with a regularly scheduled board meeting. During this meeting they appointed Tia Murry as the County Director of Human Services in a dual agreement with Moffat County (a follow up article on Murry will be published at www.rbc.us), as well as a number of other formal actions. The Commissioners had a discussion about Weld County’s attempt to secede from the State of Colorado, all three Commissioners were in support of the action. Commissioner Moyer pointed out that “this would require the map of the United States to be redrawn, an event that has not occurred since West Virginia and Virginia split in 1861.” Commissioner Rector made a motion to support the efforts of Weld County to secede, the motion passed unanimously.
The Commissioners have been busy in individual endeavours that they addressed during the Commissioner Updates. Highlights from their updates included Commissioner Gates reporting that he had been in discussions with Senator Hansen regarding energy related efforts and a meeting about Rio Blanco County’s investments with Budget and Finance Director, County Treasurer and US Bank, Gates indicated that the outlook is not favorable. Commissioner Rector was happy to report that Western States Tribal Nations Natural Gas Initiative was featured in The Denver Post under the headline “Coalition promotes Rockies’ motherlode of natural gas as source for overseas markets.” To read the article in its entirety please visit The Denver Post at: www.denverpost.com/2021/02/06/coalition-promotes-rockies-natural-gas/. Commissioner Moyer reported on attending the Rio Blanco Water Users Association meeting in Rangely and was very impressed with how the board has advocated for the county at the state level for the Wolf Creek Reservoir both as a water storage tool and an economic development driver.
To read the full minutes of the Board of County Commissioners Meeting please visit: https://rbc.us/129/Agendas-Minutes. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on February 16th in Rangely.